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I have a user who is using Novell ifolder to sync his files on his laptop. He is allowing an assistant to have a copy of his ifolder on their laptop, but he wants to password protect sensitive folders. How can I secure the sensitive folders within his ifolder that will be synced to her laptop?

I have found a solution to zip the folders and then password protect the zipped folders. I am not sure he would like this method. The other info I am finding is to Encrypt the folders, but this may be too extreme.

Any suggestions?
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by:Nexttime
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The easiest way would be disabling other users in the security tab.
Right click on the sub folders/files that you would like not shared.
Right click and go to the security tab.
Remove permissions for everyone except Admins (assuming he is a admin of his own computer.)
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I'd go the Encryption route.  It's built into Windows so it should be transparent once it's setup (assuming the user's login credentials are the same on all his computers).

Only the user encrypting the folder will be able to access the folder which seems like what you want.

I tried the password zip route once and it got old real fast.  I had to download special software to attach the password and then unzipping large folders can be time consuming.
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If you go encryption and are using back ups you could loose your encryption key if you are backing up you encryption cert.
The password zip route is just to cumbersome it would seem to be practical. If it is a shared folder disabling security shares would stop unwanted people from accessing the files over the network without hindering your own use of them.
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by:ILSI
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The ifolder is not really an MS shared folder. It is similar to MS sync folders (I guess). The assistant has the ifolder client on their machine as well and is using their supervisors password to gain access to the ifolder (locally on their laptop). How is the encryption done?
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by:heygar
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I've never used iFolder, but if it's based on syncing between a local copy and a remote copy (which I believe it is) then once the local copy is encrypted, the encryption should sync with the remote copy (thus encrypting both copies).

I'd test it on something you don't mind losing first.  Just right-click on the local copy of the folder, choose properties, general tab, advanced, then encrypt.  Choose folder and subfolders when it asks and let it run.  

I'd intuitively guess that once it's encrypted and synced then no one will be able to read the contents of the encrypted folder except for the user that setup the encryption.
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by:ILSI
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That is what I figured. I tested this on my work computer, which has ifolder and then tried to access it on my personal laptop that also has the client and was still able to access the encrypted folder. do you think it is because I am logged on the ifolder with the same credentials?
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The way I understand Windows Encryption is that it encrypts based on the unique windows user id.
The way you are saying it works, it sounds like it's sending the unencrypted data to the iFolder which is too bad.  I don't think the iFolder credentials matter at that point.

I found this: http://forums.novell.com/novell-product-support-forums/ifolder/152949-ifolder-encryption.html
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The user decided to just move the sensitive data out of the ifolder. An option that was also given to him. Thanks guys for your insight.
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